It is the endeavor to manage both tangible and intangible assets of our human accumulated cultures and knowledge..Â Cultural Preservation had founded and kept maintaining my wider and broader approaches to interact with projects, people and their cultures. Similarly, project management enables better preservation processes and earned values. That merge among architecture, project management and realty is maybe uncommon, but worth to be..!! I had been trained by a leading expert (Professor Lamie of the ICOMOS) on principles, methodologies and auditability of preservation activities. In addition to my field experience in both Egypt & UAE, I had claimed the ICOMOS membership in 1996; keeping close contact to international endeavors, applications and developments. My voluntarily-suspended thesis for MPhil/PhD had addressed the pros & cons related to the management of preserving immovable heritage; which enabled me to have a specific vision on how to insert good governance in the process; particularly in underdeveloped countries. My practiced technical management had already fueled my competences with tools for best practices and professional sustainability. As had worked with various international Partners and Clients, it is a hands-on-the-trade capacity to penetrate any frontiers, create workable environment, build sustainable knowledge based team, and apply conclusive KYC techniques to understand the Sponsors.
Wikipedia defines Cultural Heritage Management (CHM) as the vocation and practice of managing cultural heritage. It is a branch of cultural resources management (the legacy of physical and intangible attributes of the past of a group or society that are selected from the past, and inherited, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations) although it also draws on the practices of conservation, restoration, musicology (the study of how to organize and manage museums and museum collections), archaeology, history and architecture. While the term cultural heritage is generally used in Europe, in the USA the term cultural resources is in more general use specifically referring to cultural heritage resources. CHM has traditionally been concerned with the identification, interpretation, maintenance, and preservation of significant cultural sites and physical heritage assets, although intangible aspects of heritage, such as traditional skills, cultures and languages are also considered. The subject typically receives most attention, and resources, in the face of threat, where the focus is often upon rescue or salvage archaeology. Possible threats include urban development, large-scale agriculture, mining activity, looting, erosion or unsustainable visitor numbers. The public face of CHM, and a significant source of income to support continued management of heritage, is the interpretation and presentation to the public, where it is an important aspect of tourism. Communicating with government and the public is therefore a key competence.
ICOMOS shall be the international organization concerned with furthering the conservation, protection, rehabilitation and enhancement of monuments, groups of buildings and sites, on the international level.
In reference to the best practices as defined by ICOMOS; the successful activities of Heritage Management are defined by enforcing four parameters; which I had concluded during my years of practice:
- Governing Laws and Legal system to protect exhibits, monuments and sites.
- Authorized Operating Agency to plan, oversee and sustain the HM activities and operations.
- Academic and/or professional support to interpret value and authenticity of cultural properties.
- Public System to campaign, fund, support and communicate with the concerned parties and the public.
Hardly to find a cultural heritage item inscribed with unavailability of these parameters; which are not known for most of officials, professionals, and even academics.. This is why many countries had their heritage unrecognized by international community, yet effectively and actively contribute to their tourism industries..!!Â Â
IN MY JOURNEY:
I shall never reward my Godfather Prof. Saleh Lamie, for the patience, support and knowledge he gave me.. It was amazing time working with him, when fetal issues are simplified into simple components.. This is the greatness of true Visionaries and Scientists, whom I always wished to join their court.. I had learned from him who to re-live the past.. the gone days; to feel, realize, and understand the conventional way of thinking.. This is the only way to answer the questions related of why, what and how. There is no preservation quest would be carried out without such answers; such knowledge.. This training had made me who Iâ€™m; as applied in every aspect of knowledge and management..
LIST OF MY KEY INVOLVEMENTS:
- Medina Revitalization (Tripoli), Ethraa Group, Dubai 2009
- Consultant, Restoration of Old Customs Office, Abu Dhabi, UAE 2001
- Contract Advisor, Restoration of Philatery Museum, Dubai, UAE 2000
- Advisor, Report on Development of UAE Heritage Club, Abu Dhabi, UAE 1999
- Proposal Manager, Restoration of Khatt Village, RAK, UAE 1999
- Contributor, Report on Development of HBS of Dubai Municipality, UAE 1999
- Designer, Al Shandagha Heritage Village, Dubai 1997
- Founder & Member, Committee of Architectural Heritage, Dubai 1997
- Proposal Manager, Dubai Conservation, Dubai 1997
- Proposal Manager, Al Bastakiya Conservation, Dubai 1996
- Proposal Manager, Al Ahmadiya Conservation, Dubai 1996
- Site Manager, Restoration of Al Fahidi Fort, Dubai 1995
- Designer & Site Manager, Restoration of Diera Old Souk, Dubai 1995
- Site Manager, Restoration of Abdallah Ibrahiem House, Dubai 1994
- Designer & Site Manager, Reconstruction of Bin Dalmouk Mosque, Dubai 1994
- Site Manager, Restoration of Al Ahmadiya School, Dubai 1993
- Coordinator, Restoration Design for of Al Mogharblien Monuments, Cairo 1993
- Coordinator, Preparation of various researches and reports, Cairo 1993
- Consultant, Restoration for 1850-built antiquity Housing Building, Cairo 1993
- Coordinator, Consolidations for 1992 Quake-Effected Monuments, Cairo 1992
- Team Leader, Survey & Documentation of Al Azhar Mosque, 1992
- Coordinator, Restoration Design for Cairo Citadel Phase III, 1992
- Coordinator, Restoration of Salih Abu Hadid Mosque, Cairo 1992
- Contractor, Restoration of Al Niel Mosque, Cairo 1991
- Contractor, Restoration Quotation for Al Ghouri Mosque, Cairo 1991
- Contractor, Restoration Quotation for Al Ashrafiya Madrasa, Cairo 1991
- Project Engineer, Restoration of Al Mosaferkhana Place, Cairo 1987
- Project Engineer, Restoration of wooden roof for Abu Sirja Church, Cairo 1987
- Project Engineer, Dewatering for Zewila Church, Cairo 1987
- Project Engineer, Bidding for Restoration of Dom of The Holy Rock, Cairo 1987
- Site Engineer, Restoration of Sultan Hassan Mosque, Cairo 1986